Explicate Ex"pli*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Explicated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Explicating}.] 1. To unfold; to expand; to lay open. [Obs.] ``They explicate the leaves.'' --Blackmore. [1913 Webster]

2. To unfold the meaning or sense of; to explain; to clear of difficulties or obscurity; to interpret. [1913 Webster]

The last verse of his last satire is not yet sufficiently explicated. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Explicate — Ex pli*cate, a. [L. explicatus, p. p. of explicare.] Evolved; unfolded. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • explicate — I verb clarify, define, describe, detail, develop, elucidate, enlighten, enodare, enucleate, explain, explicare, expound, give a detailed explanation, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, interpretari, make clear, make explicit, make plain, render… …   Law dictionary

  • explicate — (v.) 1530s, from L. explicatus, pp. of explicare unfold, unravel, explain (see EXPLICIT (Cf. explicit)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • explicate — vb *explain, expound, elucidate, interpret, construe …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • explicate — [v] clarify, expand amplify, clear up, construe, demonstrate, develop, dilate, elucidate, enlarge upon, enucleate, expatiate, explain, expound, give the big picture*, illustrate, interpret, make clear, make explicit, make plain*, run down, spell… …   New thesaurus

  • explicate — ► VERB 1) analyse and develop (an idea or principle) in detail. 2) analyse (a literary work) in order to reveal its meaning. DERIVATIVES explication noun explicative adjective explicator noun explicatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin …   English terms dictionary

  • explicate — [eks′pli kāt΄] vt. explicated, explicating [< L explicatus, pp. of explicare, to unfold < ex , out + plicare, to fold: see FLAX] to make clear or explicit (something obscure or implied); explain fully SYN. EXPLAIN explication n. explicative …   English World dictionary

  • explicate — [[t]e̱ksplɪkeɪt[/t]] explicates, explicating, explicated VERB To explicate something means to explain it and make it clear. [FORMAL] [V n] We shall have to explicate its basic assumptions before we can assess its implications. Derived words:… …   English dictionary

  • explicate — UK [ˈeksplɪkeɪt] / US [ˈeksplɪˌkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms explicate : present tense I/you/we/they explicate he/she/it explicates present participle explicating past tense explicated past participle explicated very formal to make the… …   English dictionary

  • explicate — verb a) To explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze. My homework is to explicate a poem. b) to develop a principle, theory, etc. See Also: explication, explicative …   Wiktionary

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